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    Help! How do I quilt this?

    I'm not real happy with this quilt, but I need to finish it. The pattern is "Nancy's Fancy" by Nancy Martin.
    I'm not happy with my color choices, but I didn't realise it until I put the blocks together. It's too white and too bright, but what's done is done. I added the mostly white print border to soften it up, and I think that helped.
    It is sandwiched and pinned. I used Hobbs 80/20, quilt spacing 3.5.
    I did SID between the 16" blocks with invisible thread to stabilize it.
    I can only do SID (not very accurate) or outline.
    I plan on outline stitching all blue stars in blue. I plan on outlining the triangle (sort of) shapes that span the blocks in natural. I considered outlining the red squares in red and the blue intersecting triangles in blue, but that's a whole lot of turns on a small machine and a whole lot of thread changes. And if I don't do the squares and triangles, that would leave 6" unquilted between stars. (The quilt is made entirely of 2" squares.)
    I also considered doing SID around the red squares and intersecting blue triangles with invisible thread. That way I could go all the way around the inside and all the way around the outside without thread changes. But SID puffs it out. Would that look right with stars that are not puffed out? And I'm not sure about using the invisible thread all over the quilt.
    The first photo is the quilt pinned. The third photo is a workup done in Paint when I was auditioning borders.
    I've been working on this for a long time and I just want to finish.
    Any ideas or suggestions would really be appreciated.
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    I'm sorry you're not happy with this quilt - but honestly, i think it's beautiful !!! I am not a big fan of invisible thread because the only time i used it - when i held the quilt up i could see light through the "holes" where each stitch went through the quilt. If i were doing it i'd either use a variagated thread that's got red,white and blue primarily - or a neutral - outlining the various elements of the blocks....but i'm pretty much a straight line quilter cuz all i have is my trusty little sewing machine. Spacing depends on your batting of course - which is why i always choose the one that allows max 10". Good luck - and i hope this quilt continues to grow on you !!
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    Well if you really don't like It I am sure some of us would give you are adress's you can send it.

    I love it. great quilt and the colors are too.
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
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    I'm so sorry that you don't like your quilt. I think it's beautiful. And your quilting plans sound fine to me. Send it my way.... I'll have it on my bed before you can whistle!!

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    I think your quilt is really pretty!!
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    I really like it too.

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    it's a beautiful quilt, and not to white for my tastes. i'd be tempted to quilt it with red or blue if you want to 'take away' some of the whiteness.
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    I think it is a beautiful quilt. Love red, white and blue. Great job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I love your quilt. If it were mine I would stid.

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    I didn't envision red, white and blue. I was thinking blue and off white (like the china) with red accents. But that's water under the bridge. The question is now, "How do I quilt it with straight lines only and stay within 3.5" quilt spacing?"
    But thank you all for the positive comments.

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    I especially love it, with the blue border!

    I'm not a fan of invisible thread, either; it usually ends up scratching me! If you use one of the finer threads, you can go with a neutral color and not have to change, as often.

    I usually look for the easiest way, to quilt. I would quilt the stars, each in one continuous line, from point to point (SID or along the sides, if that makes any sense). Then I would outline the red/blue borders, inner and outer, in a neutral color.
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    You must not be looking good at your quilt. It is so pretty. I love it. Whatever you do from here will just make it more beautiful. You have done a good one.

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    Neesie,
    Neutral as in grey? And going from the red right into the blue and back?
    Sorry, I'm just so boggled by this........

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenJ View Post
    Neesie,
    Neutral as in grey? And going from the red right into the blue and back?
    Sorry, I'm just so boggled by this........
    Sorry! My "neutral" is probably the same as your "natural." I think of "neutral" as either natural or gray, depending upon what blends better. What I meant, though, is you could treat the red/blue borders as one; instead of thinking of them as two separate colors. Hmmmmm. I just re-read your original post and might be saying the same thing you were already planning to do. In other words, you'd be outlining the white/off-white, rather than the colors.

    Depending on how much you just want to "just get it finished," you could also just cross-hatch quilt the blocks. Seriously, it's gonna be beautiful, however you decide to quilt it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenJ View Post
    I didn't envision red, white and blue. I was thinking blue and off white (like the china) with red accents. But that's water under the bridge. The question is now, "How do I quilt it with straight lines only and stay within 3.5" quilt spacing?"
    But thank you all for the positive comments.
    With 2" squares - if you straight SID around the elements - and through the center of the stars - you will surely have less than 3.5" between your quilt lines- won't you?
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    The 16 inch blocks are stabilized so you could stitch anything you wanted inside. If you outline the stars the only drawback I can see is the many turns you will need to do to sew around the stars. I would put in a little basting inside the blocks if you decide to outline stitch the stars with your walking foot or you might get some shifting as you handle it. I just finished a star quilt with sashing that I FMQed. Have you ever tried to FMQ straight lines? I didn't do too badly but it was easier in my opinion then maneuvering the quilt around to use my walking foot.

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    I agree with Tartan. If you have your lines marked or are following seam lines, I find it easier to FMQ than to have to keep turning the quilt as you SITD.
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    Not absolutely sure I understand everything you wrote, but here's what I'm thinking.

    I would use invisible thread to outline stitch all the interlocking borders.

    Regarding the star, are you planning to stitch just the outline of the star? Or every triangle and block in the star? What I would do is quilt from one star point to another star point, so the inner squares would be quilted through.

    I think it would look fine but, if you are concerned about puffing from SID, I would suggest changing the batting to something flatter such as Quilter's Dream Request cotton.

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    I did a bit of doodling on Paint...How about just a cross hatch on the whole thing? That would solve the problem of having to turn it so much. And with the thread, I would suggest a tan, even a darker one, a medium gray or light blue. Remember, when they hand quilted in the 'old days' they only had a few colors. I have quit trying to be really 'matchy matchy' with my quilting colors. Now I just pick something that shows, but does not STEAL the show. You did a great job piecing this ! Pat yourself on the back and learn a color lesson for next time. Its a process... and you are WELL on your way!


    The 1st picture just shows some crosshatching. You can decide how far apart and at what angle you like. The 2nd one I just did a small X in the middle of the star. That would keep the middle from puffing so much. Be sure to post a picture when you are finished!
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    I have no suggestions for quilting, but I want to truly chastise you for not being happy with this quilt. I expected to see something 'fun' when the picture (finally) loaded (dialup). WHAT?! that top is just gorgeous. read gorgeous again. in ALL CAPS.

    this quilt is stunning, you should be as proud as a peacock!!

    Great work, perfect colors. wondrous.

    apologize to yourself, immediately!!


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    I'd just go with a diagional stitch across the whole quilt.. maybe with a shiney silver thread.

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    Have you thought about hand-quilting it?

    If you decide not to keep it, it is the appropriate colors to donate to here:
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    I think you have done a really nice job and it's very pretty. No idea on the quilting, other than doing cross-hatching as a couple of others have suggested.

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    I love it, send it to me, I will take it off your hands. It is beautiful and SID sounds great to me with variagated thread, red white & blue.
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    I would let this quilt be part of my home. I realy like it!

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